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San Salvador

How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?

Should speak some basic Spanish. - Nov 22, 2017
Many Salvadorans speak good English. That said, among themselves the conversation is always Spanish. Local classes are available. I couldn't imagine living here without at least some conversational Spanish. - Jul 14, 2016
In theory you could get by with very little (1/5 of all Salvadorans live in the U.S, and many have spent time there). In practice, Spanish is essential for pretty much every transaction. Salvadorans are very patient with all attempts to communicate in Spanish, no matter how poorly one speaks it. - Dec 8, 2015
You can probably get by on little. But it helps to speak Spanish. - Jun 9, 2015
Some Spanish will help, but you can get by without. - Mar 23, 2015
Some Spanish makes your life much easier but most people speak English - Oct 29, 2014
A lot. - Jul 8, 2014
Spanish is certainly helpful. Salvadorans who have spent time in the US can generally speak English at least phonetically. - Apr 28, 2012
You must have survival Spanish. The better your Spanish, the easier life will be for you. - Jul 15, 2011
If I did not speak some Spanish this would have been a much more difficult and less rewarding tour. You really do need at least a 2 in Spanish to make this post worthwhile. - May 21, 2010
Spanish is very helpful. Finding employment without Spanish will be near impossible. You'll find the strangest people that speak English (taxi drivers, drunks, random kids, store clerks - but not necessarily doctors, lawyers, or professionals).You'll need some basic vocabulary to get around and do shopping. Even some of the more touristy places will not have English speakers readily available. El Salvador, in general, is off the beaten path, but the people here are very kind and I have found them very willing to work with your broken Spanish. - Feb 28, 2009